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PostPosted: Mon Aug 07, 2017 12:20 pm  Post subject: Re: The Movies You Watched Today Topic!
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Hitch-Hike - aka Autostop rosso sangue. Franco Nero and Corinne Clery are a not very happy couple on vacation with their car and caravan. While on the road, they pick up a hitchhiker (David Hess) ho turns out to be a dangerous criminal who wants to escape to Mexico. He makes a deal with the couple that if they take him to the border, the man (a journalist) can write a book on him and the criminal will pay him a large amount of money for it. Being held hostage, the couple has to abide, and in the meantime they have to try and warn the police, shake off the criminal partners of their passenger and stay alive. A crime thriller like this is something I usualy don't watch, but I gave it a chance because it had positive reviews and it is Italian. The latter is noticeable by some violent scenes and by the excellent music by Morricone. Acting is good, especially by Nero and Hess. Overall I didn't like it as much as I like giallos or horrors, but it is a good film, so if you like Italo cinema or are into crimethrillers, give it a chance.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 15, 2017 9:55 pm  Post subject: Re: The Movies You Watched Today Topic!
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Beach Babes From Beyond - soft erotic sexploitation mixed with some scifi, by the ever greasy David DeCoteau. The porn actress Roxanne Blaze (who looks like a sweetheart in this one) is Xena, a galactic girl who is home alone when her friends Luna and Sola (oh, how inventive!) persuade her to take a ride in the spaceship in the garage. Of course they crashland on earth where they meet three (oh, how coincidental!) beachboys who are lovestruck on this trio from space. Lots and lots of nonsensical scenes in which you don't see anything else than a beach full of halfnaked people dancing on a terrible song, mixed with some sexscenes (all three of them get to do their part of course) amnd then we have some scenes left for the storyline. You might guess by now that that line is a very thin one. There are some names in the cast, like Joe Estevez, who does his best to make the other actors look like amateurs and he almost succeeds, and there is Linnea Quigley, who does not take her clothes off for a change. There are some other people who are just famous because they have a famous brother, like Don Swayze and Joey Travolta. Acting, music, storyline: it is all bad and/or ridiculous, but that and all the (sometimes lovely and sometimes cheesy) nakedness make this a cult classic. Recommended for bad moviefans.

100 Bloody Acres - another funny horrorccomedy from Australia. Two brothers in the outback, Lindsay and Reggie Morgan, run a farm on which they produce fertilizer. They have a "secret ingredient" which they are running out of, so they need new supply. Reggie finds a dead body on the side of the road so he takes it with him, but then a better opportunity arises: a group of youngsters on their way to a festival have their car broken down, so Reggie offers them a ride. They end up on the farm while one of them is hoping he can ask his girlfriend to marry him, while she has had a little adventure with the third person in the group, a guy who took acid while they were still on he road: he is miles high now. Gore is not the main ingredient but there is enough of it to entertain the average horrorfan. It usually is not very scary but there is quite a shocking scene near the end of the movie involving Lindsay Morgan doing something quite unexpected. The interpersonal drama was a bit over the top at times, but on the other end it added some depth to the characters which is good. I had good fun and laughed out loud quite a few times, so I think this movie did what it aimed for. Recommended.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 21, 2017 4:55 pm  Post subject: Re: The Movies You Watched Today Topic!
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Syndicate Sadists - aka Il giustiziere sfida la città. Recently I bought some Italian crimethrillers, to see if they are something for me. These are more poliziottesco than giallo, but since Umberto Lenzi made this one I gave it a try. Like with Hitch-hike, there is a lot to like, like music, Italian acting and some brutal violence. But also, like Hitch-hike, I came to the conclusion that this is by far not my favourite Italian genre. The story, about two gangs wanting to control Milan and having to deal with a lone biker called Rambo after his brother got killed by one of the gangmembers, is interesting enough, but it's drifted away too far from horror for me to love it fully. It's missing the suspense of giallo imo, and that was a genre I only learned to love later as well. So for me Italian cinema will be horror, giallo, exploitation, scifi, peplum and western. But the poliziottesco just isn't for me. If you are an avid fan of Italo cinema you might give it a try of course.

Girl in Gold Boots - like the previous film, I watched this one for it's director, in this case Ted V. Mikels who broght us such gems of bad taste as Blood Orgy of the She Devils and Corpse Grinders. This film however, is a complete different piece of work. Story is quite simple: Michele, a girl who works at a bar in the iddle of nowhere wants to become a dancer in LA, so she hops into the car with Buzz who can hook her up for something like that. They pick up Critter, a hitch-hiker and both men fall in love with Michele. In LA, she soon gets mixed up in trouble, with competing dancers, a pressing boss and Buzz going into drug trafficking. Story is not only simple, it also lacks a bit of development and therefore never goes into anything deeper than just what you see. So this film isn't very satisfying in that matter, things just happen and then everyone moves along. Ending is also quite sudden. If it wasn't for me getting this DVD for free, I would have been pretty disappointed. Go see Mikels' films, but skip this one.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 22, 2017 3:09 pm  Post subject: Re: The Movies You Watched Today Topic!
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Splatter University - with a title like this you almost can't go wrong! This is a real nice old school 80s slasher with bad hair, ugly clothing and (woohoo!) lots of gore. All kills are onscreen and even though I guessed the killer right immediately, it is still a very enjoyable watch. Acting goes from mediocre to OK, settings are somewhat unspectacular, bt the whole catholic thing and the teachings at teh university made a nice subplot. The killer's weapon was quite cleverly done and even a tad original. Runtime was only 74 minutes, so of you have some spare hour to kill, go watch this one and you won't be disappointed (unless you expect a deep and psycholigial thriller, which you shouldn't do). Bad moviefans might like it too.

Bad Channels - an infamous DJ called Dangerous Dan is back on the radio after he has been suspended for some scandalous actions. He celebrates this by doing a marathon, which he starts by being tied up in chains until a caller tells him the correct combination. The local news network is there to report on teh whole tjing in the person of Lisa Cummings, who used to have a crush on Dan, but now thinks he's a fraud by rigging the chain-contest. While she is at the station, she sees a UFO but nobody believes her, not evn Dan. That changes after the alien who was flying the UFO enters the radiostation itself and holds Dan and his mechanic hostage. Now it's Dan who meets total disbelief, and he has to find a way to get help before the alien will completely take over. While Dan is struggling to coonvince the world that what he tells them is actually real, the alien kidnaps women, shrinks them and puts them in jars for transport. So now Dan has to save ot only himself, but also the pitiful women who got shrunk into the jars. A fun watch, this one. Acting is OK, music is great (Blue Oyster Cult wrote it all and performed most of it) and the effects are quite cool. The alien has a nice transformation up it's sleeve for the final scene. Recommended for bad moviefans.

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 26, 2017 8:32 pm  Post subject: Re: The Movies You Watched Today Topic!
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Robot Wars - this title was so generic that I thought I had seen this one already, but it turned out to be a 1993 film, and I didn't have it yet. So I bought it and gave it a spin: it turned out to be another Band family product. It has nice large robots which are filmed in stop-motion (I love that!), some superficial storyline about different factions ruling the world in the year 2041, and a lovestory between the robotpilot and a journalist investigating weaponsystems. The runtime is a little over an hour, so you can always give this a try and if you don't like it, you won't have wasted too much time. But, especially if are into scifi and/or bad movies, I don't think you will be disappointed. Although some of the dialogue is a tad hard to follow (there are no subs) and the screnformat is 1:33:1, this movie still succeeds in making me laugh and have a good time.

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 27, 2017 3:57 pm  Post subject: Re: The Movies You Watched Today Topic!
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Live Like A Cop Die Like A Man - aka Uomini si nasce poliziotti si muore. The polizziotesco by Ruggero Deodato. Although the previous two attempts at watching these and liking them were not so much of a success, this one I actually enjoyed. It's about a duo of cops in a special taskforce of the Roman police who are sent in when crimes are about to get out of hand. So bank robberies, hostage situations and other crimes are prevented by these two, who use brutal force to get the job done: they don't hesitate to kill all criminals when they get the chanec. Of course, this draws the attention of the local mafia, who now try to hunt down the two cops. An excellent chase scene in the beginning, a brutal prevention of a bank robbery in the middle and a cat and mouse game in the end between the cops and the mob make up for a very balanced a nice view. Acting is good, and even though there is little in the sense of character development, it's still a nice film. Recommended, just don't expect any gore or whatsoever because there is none.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 29, 2017 11:28 pm  Post subject: Re: The Movies You Watched Today Topic!
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The Hidden - 80s scifi with an alien infesting a human and then going on a rampage: the opening sequence with a bank robbery, multiple murders and a chase in a Ferrari is really nice. Downside is that you already know how this film will go and grosso modo I was right
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the alien needs a human body as protection, Kyle MacLachlan is an alien himself, and the human guy who helps him gets a reward in the end
The gore is modest, you only get to see the alien itself a few times. Acting is good/very good, very enjoyable to watch indeed, it was obviously a movie with high production values, in all aspects. I found it funny that the alien both likes Ferraris and hardrock music. Good watch, recommended.

The Greasy Strangler - this is one of the grossest films I have ever seen. It made me feel dirty, a bit like when you feel dirty the first time you watch pornography when you are in your teens, or the first time when you watched a nazisploitation. The filmmakers know exactly what they are doing: they put you on the wrong foot several times, and they do it on purpose, too. You know the effect of people eating on screen, right? So, they show you a dirty scene first (for example the old man eating something very greasy while being naked and farting), and then they show you a normal eating person, so you get the saliva going anyway: eeeewww. The story isnt much, it is all about the dirtiness. An old guy and his middle aged son (both look pretty ugly, especially the son, with his big belly, long hair and bald spots and glasses) live together and they make a living by organising disco tours, showing apartments where disco stars from the past have lived, etc. The old man likes grease a lot, so the son has to cook supergreasy. Think of one bucket of grease per few sausages averagely. The old man keeps patronising his son, and at night he turns into the greasy strangler, a guy consisting of grease, killing people by, you guessed it, strangling them. The son gets a girlfriend, but he is also afraid that the strangler might get him, so he starts to investigate. You might think you know how it will end, but again, you will be sent into the wrong direction by the filmmakers, chapeau! Very dirty and therefore very niche film, but it was cleverly done. I'm not sure how they did it with the naked guys all the time, you get to see penises etc, maybe they were suits or something. But if you want to see something different, go for this one. If you want to be surprised or grossed out, check it out. Eat before you see this, not during ;)

Beach Babes 2: Cave Girl Island - sequel to Beach Babes From Beyond and the formula is the same. Fortunately, the only one left in the cast compared to part one, was my favourite actress :) This time, Sola, Luna and Xena crash again, but they end up on an island where everyone is dressed up as cavemen and cavewomen. They pair up and have sex, and then they have to find out how to get off the island and back home again. No relatives of celebrities this time, and also no beaches full of dancing people, but overall it felt very much the same. Ridiculous plot development, bad oveacting and cheesy jusic, you got it all. This one has two versions, the R-rated and the uncut one, and I watched the uncut one (runtime 75 mins). I'm not sure about the ddifferences between the two versions. I recommend to watch the first film (Beach Babes From Beyond), though, as it is more fun for bad moviefans.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 01, 2017 5:18 pm  Post subject: Re: The Movies You Watched Today Topic!
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Dead Set - British mini series about a zombie outbreak viewed from the inside of a Big Brother house. On "eviction night", the zombies go on a rampage and while the poutside world turns into something apocalyptic, inside the Big Brotherhouse the participants in this reality TV show aren't aware of anything. Some of the crew working on the show survive inside different rooms of the building, and together with the remaining participants they are the only people left alive they know of. This is the best UK production I have seen in a while, because unfortunately the films which get produced there are rubbish at best. This is quality though: acting, atmosphere, character dewvelopment and (not unimportant) gore are great! The whole thing has a nice message on society and reality TV too, and the ending was also very good
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it even left me feeling a bit desolate: the idea that death was so unavoidable, depressing but very well done
Highly recommended!

The Spanish Chainsaw Massacre - aka Carnívoros. The English title was added to let it lift on the fame of TCM I guess. This film is totally unlike TCM, though: the only comparisons are that there is a weirdo group killing people, but they are not the main thing of the film (unlike TCM). This story is about a rockband going on tour but they get stuck in the very first village because of a flat tire and no gas in the tourvan. In this village they are somewhat forced to co-celebrate a patron saint's day and one by one they fall victim to one or another inbred killer. The humour in this film is a bit typical: some stuff is funny, but there is also a lot of "Latin TV show humour" which contains such stuff as funny high voices in male characters and farting humour etc. This was sometimes a bit hard to swallow, but the gore made up for it as there are bucketloads of it. And I mean really bucketloads. The film's runtime is only a bit over 50 minutes of which at least 5 minutes are end credits, so if you are short on time and crave for some gore, then this is for you. Bad moviefans will also love this, so a recommendation to them for sure.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 03, 2017 7:43 pm  Post subject: Re: The Movies You Watched Today Topic!
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Subspecies III: Bloodlust - looks like it was filmed back to back with part two, and if they would have edited a bit more rigourous, it could have become one (longer) movie. For those who have seen parts one and two it is "same old, same old" and for those who haven't, there is a short explanation in the beginnig of what happened in part two, so you will udnerstand what is going on. Radu has Michelle i his power now, but Rebecca tries everything she can to save her sister. Because she has tasted blood already, she can't become a mortal again, so Rebecca's task isn't easy. Moreover, the police still doesn't believe the "murders" are actually the vampire's work. So instead of helping Rebecca, they are holding her up a bit. Effects are OK, although they forgot to paint one of Radu's ears. Blood/gore good, locations nice: the castle is gorgeous. I wouldn't recommend watching this without having seen the others, as on it's own this movie isn't strong enough, but as a sequel it does it's job OK.

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 21, 2017 1:59 pm  Post subject: Re: The Movies You Watched Today Topic!
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Had a little break from horror, but some friends came over for a movienight yesterday and we watched:

Bloody Birthday - three kids are born on a night where Saturn is being eclipsed by the sun, and therefore they all have emotional disturbances, as in lacking them mostly. When theya re tne years old, they kill off anyone they don't like, and that includes their own father, their teacher, and other ids in the neighbourhood. Their babysitter, who is also the girl next door and the sister of one of their classmates, is getting on to them, but will she able to uncover their bloodthirst in time? Somewhat crappy slasher which has most of the good things about an 80s slasher, like squirting blood, various killing methods and great cheesy music. The kills are sometimes nice but often they are just done by shooting the victim with a gun, which is a bit too clean in my book when it comes to slasher horror kills. The kilings also seem very badly planned all the time, like being done in broad daylight in their own frontyard, and thereofre it's a huge surprise that they can elude being caught for so long. The ending was a bit ambiguous, but could be worse. I had fun, an OK watch for bad moviefans because of the gazillion plotholes.

Emanuelle in the Country - aka Messo comunale praticamente spione. A small town in Italy (it's actually Bolsena in Lazio) gets a new doctor, ad we all know her well from so many Italian movies: Laura Gemser. All men in town are drooling at the sight of her and one guy gets a room with a view on her room, so he exploits the room for pay so every man can be a voyeur for a while. There are two families having a feud, one family has the mayor of the town, and the other one has the previous mayor. They keep fighting over a certain building project, while their respective son and daughter are madly in love but can't see each other because of this feud. Now it's up to Emanuelle (who is actually called Selenia Anselmi in the movie) to bring the two families together. Of course she does this by creating a possible scandal which involves a lot of sex. There are many very lame jokes, and there are so many sexscenes that it actually becomes a bit boring. Fortunately, this all oesn't take very long as after 74 minutes iut is all over. The first five minutes were a blast, the remainder of the movie is a tad repetitive.

Ultra Warrior - this fantasy/scifi flick from 1990 also doesn't have a long runtime, about the same as the previous movie. The content was different, although it started out with a striptease of a woman with four tits ;) There was a story about aliens having turned planets into stars and some postnuclear era in which Mad Max-like scenes were often to be seen. A guy called Kenner is the Ultra Warrior who is gonna save the muties (a race mutated by the effects of the atomic bombs used in the war against the aliens) from the slavedrivers of a man called The Bishop who also runs an arena (aptly called The Colosseum) with fights to the death as entertainment. The make up effects are on the level of plastic ears from the toyshop and all impressive scenes are taken from a different movie by Roger Corman. Acting is so so, and the storyline is sometimes a bit baffling. Great fun for bad moviefans, as there is so much to enjoy in this strange collection of film imgaes pasted together.

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